UK: DPA and Logic System are among the companies to have revealed their PLASA plans, writes David Davies. The annual showcase for new technology within the entertainment, live event, corporate, architectural and installation industries is scheduled to take place from September 7 to 10 at Earls Court, London.
Among the manufacturers to have revealed its intentions for the 2008 exhibition is DPA Microphones, which will unveil the first products from a brand new range geared towards the MI market. According to the company, it has applied its "groundbreaking technology" to the development of a range of cost-effective mics tailored to a wide variety of musical instruments, complete with robust carrying cases and discreet mounting solutions. Hands-on demos will take place on the DPA stand, while visitors' badges will be scanned and entered into a competition to win one of the new mics.
Roland Systems Group, meanwhile, will showcase its V-Mixing System (pictured) - incorporating the M-400 digital mixing console, configurable Digital Snakes and a multi-track recording option (SONAR REAC Recording System) - and debut a new software version. The Version 1.5 update for the M-400 V-Mixer is said to incorporate a number of significant new features, including increased flexibility in compressor and gate assignment, addition of eight matrixes, and direct channel output assignment for enhanced flexibility when using personal mixing and recording systems. The new software update is free and can be downloaded from the V-Mixing System website (third link below).
Logic System is to launch Ethos LA, a new long throw array module designed to give existing Ethos users an upgrade path that builds on their existing Ethos VA. The new product will fly above existing VA enclosures and extend the use of the system to over 100m. Logic System will also exhibit other Ethos live sound products, alongside the LM series of stage monitors and ML multi-functional cabinets.
"The aim at the moment is to expand the awareness and knowledge of Logic System in the market, so we hope to see all of our existing customers and hopefully some new ones as well," Logic System's UK sales executive, Dave Crane, tells PSN-e.
Outline is also preparing to showcase various line array products, including Butterfly and the mini-C.O.M.P.A.S.S. in its recent 'live' version, on a new-look stand. The manufacturer will also exhibit the complete range of DVS multi-purpose enclosures, including the new self-powered DVS 12 and 15 models, along with the Kanguro 1215 NET SP system, the 2008 version of which can be controlled via TCP/IP. Outline will also show the latest version of the H.A.R.D. 212 NET SP ultra-slim monitor.
Finally for now, PLASA 2008 will witness the inaugural appearance of MC2 Audio's new two-channel, Class D amplifier, the E90. Delivering a minimum of 4500W per channel into 4 ohms and 7750W per channel into 2 ohms, the E90 is the latest addition to the E Series. MC2 Audio will also exhibit the Ti Series network audio products for the first time at PLASA, and debut the T3500 amplifier, which is said to be a response to market demand for a more powerful T Series amplifier.
"We feel that PLASA remains a very good opportunity to meet our distributors and customers on home territory," Bill Woods, sales and marketing director for MC2 Audio and XTA, tells PSN-e. Woods adds that he is looking forward to showing all of the aforementioned products, including the Ti Series (the first full collaboration between the R&D teams of MC2 Audio and XTA) and the E90, about which he remarks: "We have already demonstrated this to a number of very discerning people, and the response has been amazing."
Look out for next week's PSN-e for more PLASA previews and announcements.